His dedication, diction and delivery set him apart Saeed Jaffrey decorated with the ‘Order of the British Empire’ was born on 8 January 1929 in a princely Punjabi Muslim family in Malerkotla, Punjab. A school by himself Saeed’s contribution cannot be contained in any one write up or a film. His vast body of work ranges from Writing, Voicing to Acting on One of the first Asian to receive British and Canadian film award nominations, Saeed played an instrumental part in bringing together film makers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant and acted in several of their Merchant Ivory Productions films such as The Guru (1969), Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures (1978), The Courtesans of Bombay (1983) and The Deceivers (1988).
He entered the Indian Cinema much later Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari’ (The Chess Players- 1977) for which he won the Film fare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1978 and went on to act in Raj Kapoor’s ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ (1985) and ‘Henna’ (1991), both of which won him nominations for the Film fare Best Supporting Actor Award.
Saeed’s narration of the Kama Sutra titled The Art of Love (1996) was listed by Time magazine as “one of the five best spoken word records ever made”. He voiced all 86 characters in the 1997 BBC World Service broadcast of Vikram Seth’s novel, A Suitable Boy. During the 1980s and 1990s he was considered to be Britain’s highest-profile Asian actor, thanks to his leading roles in the movie My Beautiful
Laundrette (1985), ‘ The Jewel in the Crown’, ‘The Far Pavilions’, the British Indian sitcom ‘Tandoori Nights’ and Little Napoleons (1994).
Saeed Jaffrey left for his heavenly abode in London on 15 November 2015. He was posthumously conferred with Padma Shri award in January 2016.
The 7th Jagran Film Festival pays homage to this creative genius.
“The face that launched a dozen films”
Sadhana Shivdasani popularly known as Sadhana was one of the top Actresses of the period largely regarded as the Goden Era of Indian Cinema. Born on 2 September 1941in Karachi, now in Pakistan, Sadhana aspired to be an actress since childhood. Encouraged by her father, she made her first attempt in 1955 when she played a chorus girl in the song “Mur Mur Ke Na Dekh Mur Mur Ke” in Raj Kapoor’s ‘Shree 420’. The next year, she was cast in India’s first Sindhi film titled ‘Abaana’ (1958), where she played the role of Sheila Ramani’s younger sister.
Sashadhar Mukherjee, one of Hindi cinema’s leading producers in Indian Cinema noticed her through a publicity still of the film. She joined Mukherjee’s acting school along with her debutant co-star Joy Mukherjee, Sashadhar’s son. The two were cast together in ‘Love in Simla’, a film to be directed by R. K. Nayyar. During the shoot Nayyar created a fringe hair cut for Sadhana which lent her a distinct modern and came to be called the ‘Sadhana cut’, inspired from British actress Audrey Hepburn look. The style is considered iconic even today and known by the same name. ‘Love in Simla’ produced under Filmalaya Production banner was declared a hit at the box office and was listed in the top 10 films of 1960.
The rest is history. In a career spanning over two decades, Sadhana worked in scores of box office hits.
Married to R K Nayyar, the Director of her first Hindi film, ‘Love in Simla’ She took retirement from the film industry in mid 1970s before which she also directed and co-produced few films.
Sadhana is also credited for bringing into fashion tight chudidar-kurta. She went with this concept of gracefully changing the traditional loose salwar kameez to her director Yash Chopra for 1965’s film ‘Waqt’. Yash Chopra initially wasn’t sure but when fashion designer Bhanu Athaiya showed him a sample, he accepted. The trend lasted well in the 1970s and can be seen to be adopted by many
She left for her heavenly abode on 25 December 2015 but her work and contribution to Indian Cinema would always be remembered through her films,’ Love in Simla’, ‘Mere Mehboob’, ‘Hum Dono’, ‘Ek Musafir Ek Hasina’, ‘Asli Naqli’, ‘Who Kaun Thi’, ‘Waqt’,’Arzoo’, ‘Mera Saya’, ‘Ek Phool Do maali’, ‘Aaye
The 7th Jagran Film Festival pays homage to this great Actress.